How to Make Your Shower Routine Plastic Free
Hove you ever wondered if you can enjoy a good shower time with no plastic? You may be surprised, but the majority of your plastic waste comes from the bathroom. Shampoo, body wash, sponge, soap dish, shaving razor...
We didn't think carefully about disposing of plastic bottles, containers, tubes, and all of the others in the past. But it is time to explore different ways to look after your body while caring for the environment.
How to make your shower room plastic free?
The average person uses 11 bottles of shower gel and 10 bottles of shampoo a year. This will be about 215 plastic bottles only from a shower room in average household every year. Only 9 to 12% of these bottle are recycled and the rest ends up in landfills. They become microplastics in the environment and never disappear. Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic debris that are less than 5 millimeters in size. Some of them are so small that we cannot see, and they get into our body via air and food. They are from our plastic waste that broken down after being exposed to sunlight, rain, and waves for years.
In addition to single-use plastic bottles and jars, we should pay attention to the toxicity of ingredients used in shampoo and other products. All ingredients including synthetic ones are safe for us to use at the amount in personal care products, but they could be harmful to the environment when they accumulate over years.
What are eco-friendly alternatives to your bathroom products?
You already noticed the bathroom is the best place to review your plastic waste. The easiest switch is using solid bath products instead of liquid/cream/paste ones. We just don't have much choice other than plastic to store those liquid products. We hope science and technology can find new eco-friendly material, but it will be a long way.
Look at solid beauty and personal care products out there. There are many options including our Shower Balls, zero waste shower tablets.
Not only the shower area. Stainless steel shaving razors, toothpaste tablets, bamboo toothbrushes, reusable facial pads, recycled toilet paper, natural sponges... It is a fan to explore new things.
Some more ideas to make your bathroom eco-friendlier
- Turn on water only when you need it. You can close a tap while you are brushing your teeth, lathering up soap, and scrubbing your body.
- Lower the temperature of hot water. This will save a lot of electricity, and it is kind to your skin too.
- Plan ahead and purchase items only you will use. You know all of us found ourselves guilty about half-used expired cosmetics...
Takeaway: No plastic shower routine can make a positive impact on the environment
We still use a lot of plastic. From shampoo bottles to toothbrushes and body butter jars, there are so many disposable plastic items that we don't even realize we are using. Join many other people who are already reducing single-use plastic. It it not only about a better environment, but also about our own health and better life.
You can learn more about sustainable lifestyle on our site, and help us make an positive impact on the environment.
Average British household uses 216 plastic haircare bottles a year - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8647127/Average-British-household-used-216-plastic-haircare-bottles-YEAR.html